Why do we add beneficial bacteria to our ponds?
The beneficial bacterial that we add to our ponds regularly and that occurs naturally is a heterotrophic bacteria. These bacteria use organic, nitrogenous material like plants, debris fish waste and as their source of food.
These bacteria can be either anaerobic, which requires little to no oxygen levels or aerobic which requires oxygen to survive, are capable of producing spores. That's why they can be bottled into a liquid or dried into a powder form.
These organisms conduct a process called aerobic bacterial decomposition but it is more commonly known as decaying or rotting. They consume dead organic matter.
Green water is caused by an excessively large number of tiny organisms in the water called phytoplankton, which also consume dead organic matter. Algae of course have specific food requirements for growth just as any other plant. Competition and removal of food requirement sources limit its growth.
By simply inoculating our ponds with beneficial bacteria on a weekly basis we are helping to control undesirable algae by out competing it for nutrients.
We recommend adding a good quality beneficial bacteria to your pond on a weekly basis to manage good water quality and clarity through out the seasons. There are cold water bacterias available for ponds even in the winter months, too.